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Jim Harbaugh meets with Stanford president

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Andrew Luck is returning to Stanford for the 2011 season. Now the school’s president is doing his best to bring Jim Harbaugh back as Luck’s coach.

Harbaugh met with Stanford President John Hennessey and other school officials this morning, and CSN Bay Area reports that the purpose of meeting was so that administrators “could make their absolute best offer to try and retain him.”

If Harbaugh’s decision is about the money, there’s no way the best offer is going to be enough: Stanford might give Harbaugh a nice raise, but it’s not going to make him the highest-paid coach in football, which Harbaugh might become if he heads to the NFL.

But Harbaugh surely knows that, and he decided to meet with the school anyway. So he must be interested in hearing what Stanford can offer. And with Luck returning, Harbaugh may be intrigued by the idea of trying to win a national championship a year from now.

Harbaugh has also met with 49ers owner Jed York and Dolphins owner Stephen Ross.

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  1. richm2256 says: Jan 6, 2011 5:34 PM

    Harbaugh may be intrigued by the idea of trying to win a national championship a year from now
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    I’m pretty sure that a guaranteed 7 mil a year @ 5 years trumps any “possible” National Championship

    I’d say he’s just having a good “I told ya so” laugh with Stanford

  2. hobartbaker says: Jan 6, 2011 5:36 PM

    Stanford wants their keys back.

  3. donterrelli says: Jan 6, 2011 5:53 PM

    Somewhere, Bill Cower’s chin is coming out and he’s gritting his teeth in anger.

  4. edgy says: Jan 6, 2011 5:56 PM

    You might look up the alumni list because if they put their money where their mouth is, you’d have a hard time outbidding them.

  5. usetabe says: Jan 6, 2011 6:00 PM

    Stanford has a better chance of retaining him than you might think. Having Luck returning, the labor situation in the NFL, his wife’s desire to stay in the Bay Area, and some of the deep pockets associated with Stanford make the Miami offer no sure thing.

  6. guyraider48 says: Jan 6, 2011 6:11 PM

    luck deciding to stay at stanford just effectively upped the antie!

  7. lawyermalloy says: Jan 6, 2011 6:11 PM

    Should Harbaugh stay at Stanford and makes a statement that he is committed to his kids and the University’s plans for a National Championship AND just wasn’t comfortable negotiating with Miami while they still had a head coach on the payroll; he comes off as a “stand up guy” and may increase his stock for next year…..just a thought!

  8. someonestolesociofan says: Jan 6, 2011 6:15 PM

    I have really been trying to figure this out, but what is it that makes Jim Harbaugh such a hot commodity right now as opposed to say, Gene Chizik or Chip Kelly or Chris Petersen or Gary Patterson? All of those guys have been successful coaches for a while. Harbaugh had a great quarterback and has indeed improved the program at Stanford over his 4 years there, but this is his first Bowl victory. Much of that credit must also go to Luck.

    I just see this as a lot of marketing hype…”everybody else wants it, so I have to pay more!” That anyone would even suggest that he could enter the NFL as the highest paid coach is ludicrous. One good college season does not an NFL coach make! (see, Steve Spurrier, Lou Holtz, Nick Saban). This type of insanity makes me view the NFL as less about football anymore and more about WWE style marketing hype.

  9. raiders757 says: Jan 6, 2011 6:42 PM

    Even though I like Jim Harbough, and think he will indeed be a good NFL coach, I have to agree with a lot of what Someonestolesociofan posted.

  10. usetabe says: Jan 6, 2011 6:43 PM

    He’s hot because he runs a pro style offense, not a spread, because he’s been in the NFL, 15 years as a player, and 2 with the Oakland Raiders, because he developed Luck who was not a 5 star recruit, because he understands how to make adjustments to the game plan (see second half Virginia Tech). All that said, offering him more money than any other NFL coach makes is looney tunes.

  11. stanfordalumnus1 says: Jan 6, 2011 6:45 PM

    As a Stanford graduate (2 degrees) and long time supporter of Stanford football (the coaches and players). I have to say that the coach and his family would be better off taking a pro job offer or a job at some other place like Michigan. After all, Stanford is a place where the alumni and faculty will support spend millions of dollars to build a SMALLER stadium, to showcase a BAND that is really just a bunch of juvenile delinquents. I was sorry to see Denny Green leave when he did, but did not fault him. Really.

  12. 8man says: Jan 6, 2011 6:47 PM

    Tea and scones?

  13. importantpftcomment says: Jan 6, 2011 6:57 PM

    The “reporters” for this site have an obsession about money. Money is not always the answer, there are some people that are not motivated by money.

    Luck returned to school proving he values an education more than he does money. Is it not possible that Harbaugh would rather coach those that have NFL dreams vs some that turn into diva’s once they get there?

  14. scoob766 says: Jan 6, 2011 7:01 PM

    lawyermalloy says: Jan 6, 2011 6:11 PM

    Should Harbaugh stay at Stanford and makes a statement that he is committed to his kids and the University’s plans for a National Championship AND just wasn’t comfortable negotiating with Miami while they still had a head coach on the payroll; he comes off as a “stand up guy” and may increase his stock for next year…..just a thought!
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    Harbaugh isn’t a stand up guy. He had a handshake agreement with the Niners and backed out. Yes it is just business, but stand up guys just don’t do that. I am going to laugh when he has the same faith as Saban, Petrino and the long list of college wannabe NFL coaches…

  15. tjohn25 says: Jan 6, 2011 7:07 PM

    Re: Harbaugh is hotter than all the coaches you name because he has experience playing in the NFL and he runs a nfl style power offense. NFL teams don’t want their multi-million dollars QBs running the ball half the time and risking injury every game. Stanford is also known as being a stepping stone for coaches, while Oregon and Auburn have tons of booster money.

    Also, Pete Carroll just entered the NFL as the highest paid coach (not including Bill Belichick with his unknown salary). Harbaugh could still easily flop just like Nick Saban, but he appears to be a better fit for the NFL than any of those guys.

  16. macdbeliever says: Jan 6, 2011 7:12 PM

    @someonestolesociofan

    Harbaugh runs a pro-style offense. None of the other coaches you listed do. That’s why he has risen to the top of the stack. No NFL team wants a spread offense coach.

  17. realitypolice says: Jan 6, 2011 7:19 PM

    richm2256 says:
    Jan 6, 2011 5:34 PM
    Harbaugh may be intrigued by the idea of trying to win a national championship a year from now
    ————————————————-

    I’m pretty sure that a guaranteed 7 mil a year @ 5 years trumps any “possible” National Championship

    I’d say he’s just having a good “I told ya so” laugh with Stanford
    ===========================

    I think that is what people would have said this morning about Andrew Luck:

    “I’m pretty sure a 7 year contract with 50 million guaranteed trumps any “possible” National Championship.”

    Yet stay Luck did.

    So who the h** knows what will happen. I’ve given up trying to figure it out.

  18. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 6, 2011 7:29 PM

    I’ll LMAO if the Fins are stupid enough to pay this guy 8 mil a year. College coaches that make the jump to the pros far more often fail then succeed. Now Miami is going to pay this guy more than coaches like Bill Belichick, Mike Tomlin and other Super Bowl winners. Absolutely insane.

    The Fins owner must be trying to go head to head with Dan Snyder for the title of Dumbest Rich Guy.

  19. borisbulldog says: Jan 6, 2011 7:37 PM

    North Korea will be a democracy before Harbaugh wins a ntional championship at Stanford!

  20. rick1922 says: Jan 6, 2011 8:01 PM

    Stanford can’t even draw 40,000 fans at home games HARBAUGH is gone he will follow the money and the NFL will pay a ludicrous contract to get him . All you Sanford fans can kiss him goodbye.He is the hot coach right now and pretty much can get what he wants . THATS HOW IT WORKS. SOME TIME IT ONLY HAPPEN ONCE IN LIFE.

  21. xxcrazy1xx says: Jan 6, 2011 8:03 PM

    well said someonestolesociofan, not to mention the dolphins look like idots interviewing him while they have a coach under contract.

  22. watchingpolitics says: Jan 6, 2011 8:06 PM

    Miami has deeper pockets than most NFL teams. It’s no sure thing Harbaugh will get as high an offer next year as the one Miami’s offering now. If he’s in it for the money, he better take what Miami’s offering.

    I’m just not sure he’s worthy of being the highest paid coach in the NFL when he’s unproven and Bilichick and Cowher, as well as others, aren’t.

    This is an interesting development, to say the least.

  23. davidtrout says: Jan 6, 2011 9:02 PM

    @someonestolesociofan

    The difference between Harbaugh and all of those other coaches is the system he runs. Both offensively and defensively, the schemes that are being implemented at Stanford, translate to the NFL. They’re not predicated on having better athletes than the opponent. You can’t say the same for any of the other coaches you mentioned. That is most often why college coaches are unsuccessful at the pro level. Harbaugh knows the difference.

  24. wayne902 says: Jan 6, 2011 9:07 PM

    What is it that makes Jim Harbaugh such a hot commodity right now?

    Harbaugh was successful as a QB in the NFL. He knows the NFL game. He’s young and full of energy. And he’s proven he can coach. These combine to make him a rare commodity in the NFL these days.

    IMO, Jim Harbaugh will be successful as HC at the NFL level.

  25. southridge23 says: Jan 6, 2011 9:19 PM

    This hype over Harbaugh is the truest definition of viral marketing as it gets.

    There’s no difference between Jim and the homeless dude with the deep voice, all over the news that’s now being offered jobs from the Cavaliers.

    Both have about the same length resume…

  26. luciano26 says: Jan 6, 2011 9:45 PM

    I think Andrew Luck’s decision tells us what Harbaugh is doing, he is most likely coming back I think, Luck knows it already.

  27. marcinhouston says: Jan 6, 2011 10:02 PM

    You got to hand it to Stanford, their logo is a red bird. Having said that, Harbaugh will tell them he is going to the NFL, suggest new candidates they should interview, and donate 100k from his signing bonus to the athletic fund or some scholarship.

  28. marcinhouston says: Jan 6, 2011 10:07 PM

    or maybe in addition to money it is about power and Harbaugh wants an NFL team to give him control of player personnel decisions.

  29. nesuperfan says: Jan 6, 2011 10:35 PM

    southridge23 says:
    Jan 6, 2011 9:19 PM
    This hype over Harbaugh is the truest definition of viral marketing as it gets.

    There’s no difference between Jim and the homeless dude with the deep voice, all over the news that’s now being offered jobs from the Cavaliers.

    Both have about the same length resume…
    ________________________________

    Not really…the homeless guy actually was in professional radio at one time. Harbaugh has never coached NFL football.

  30. corevet says: Jan 6, 2011 11:15 PM

    To Scoob776- How the hell would you know that Harbaugh had a hand shake deal with the 49ers? You should go work for a newspaper so you can get paid for these scoops.

    To Marcinhouston- Where on earth did you learn that Stanford’s logo is a red bird? NOT!

    Both Harbaugh and Luck will be fine whenever they leave. Don’t count out Stanford keeping Harbaugh. Mr. Arrillaga spent $100 million of his own money to build the new stadium. What’s a few million more to keep Harbaugh and the football program rolling?

  31. 1historian says: Jan 7, 2011 9:12 AM

    I am a Notre Dame fan and I was not too delighted with what Stanford did to them last season (can you say BUTT-KICKING boys and girls?).

    Nevertheless I am glad to see Luck staying there and I hope that Harbaugh stays there too.

  32. stanfordalumnus1 says: Jan 7, 2011 11:26 AM

    I respect the history of Notre Dame football and their national championships. It is a little sad to see the condition of the current program. Stanford (the alumni, faculty and administration) does not deserve a national football championship at this time. Understand that we are talking about people who turned down the Reagan Library…..which ended up in southern California.

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